Sri Lanka Premier League 2012 July 5, 2012

Sri Lanka name 56 foreign players for SLPL

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sri Lanka Cricket has named 56 foreign players who will play in the inaugural Sri Lanka Premier League. There are no India or England players - apart from Azhar Mahmood - among the 56, who were picked by the seven franchises via a draft system in Colombo on Thursday.

Shahid Afridi* was originally supposed to be the icon player for Nagenahira but all the franchises wanted to make sure their icon players were available throughout the tournament. Due to the recently announced Australia-Pakistan series that starts on August 28th, Afridi would potentially miss the semi-finals and finals of the SLPL if his team made it that far, leaving Nagenahira without their icon player at the business end of the tournament. With the agreement of the other franchises, Afridi was released by Naganahira in to the draft, where he was subsequently signed by Ruhuna. Lasith Malinga remains Ruhuna's icon, while Nagenahira's icon player will be named on Friday.

The list is dominated by players from Australia (18) and Pakistan (13). Misbah-ul-Haq, who stepped down as Pakistan's Twenty20 captain in May and was not picked for the Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka that followed, was picked up by Kandurata in the draft. Mohammad Hafeez, who replaced Misbah as Pakistan Twenty20 captain, was not on the list released by Sri Lanka Cricket.

West Indies fast bowler Jerome Taylor, who has not featured in top-level cricket since May 2011, was drafted by Ruhuna.

The release made no mention of the salaries that the players will be paid. Sri Lanka's domestic players will be drafted on Friday.

The franchises' overseas signings
(all values in US $)
Uthura: Shakib Al Hasan (25,000), Brendan Taylor (10,000), Kevon Cooper (15,000), Imran Farhat (20,000), Fidel Edwards (20,000), David Miller (25,000), Dillon du Preez (20,000), Samuel Badree (20,000)
Nagenahira: Mitchell Marsh (30,000), Imran Nazir (20,000), Travis Birt (25,000), Ahmed Shahzad (20,000), Ben Laughlin (20,000), Elias Sunny (12,000), Musfiqur Rahim (20,000), Nasir Hossain (16,000)
Ruhuna: Shahid Afridi (50,000), Daniel Harris (30,000), Ryan Harris (30,000), Aaron Finch (30,000), Jerome Taylor (20,000), Nathan McCullum (25,000), Ryan McLaren (15,000), Richard Levi (25,000)
Wayamba: Azhar Mahmood (30,000), Umar Akmal (25,000), Tamim Iqbal (18,000), Colin Ingram (20,000), Kemar Roach (25,000), James Faulkner (25,000), Abdul Razzaq (25,000), Brad Hogg (25,000)
Kandurata: Saeed Ajmal (25,000), Misbah-ul-Haq (25,000), Sohail Tanvir (20,000), Chris Lynn (20,000), Dane Vilas (10,000), Albie Morkel (35,000), Johan Botha (25,000), Adam Voges (25,000)
Basnahira: Brad Hodge (30,000), Marlon Samuels (30,000), Daniel Smith (20,000), Dirk Nannes (35,000), Robin Peterson (20,000), Tim Southee (25,000), Clint McKay (25,000), Cameron Borgas (20,000)
Uva: Andrew McDonald (35,000), Umar Gul (25,000), Shoaib Malik (35,000), Callum Ferguson (30,000), James Franklin (30,000), Abdur Rehman (20,000), Hammad Azam (15,000), Chris Gayle (100,000)

*04:23 GMT, July 6: This article has been updated to state why Shahid Afridi is no longer playing for Nagenahira

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  • Dummy4 on July 11, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    i hope will playing all bangladeshi playe inshaallah

  • Singh on July 8, 2012, 0:51 GMT

    Indian ODI tour to srilanka would generate more money for Srilanka than three of these SLPL tourneys. Stop blaming India for everything and be a little thank ful at times.

  • Jawwad on July 7, 2012, 21:32 GMT

    @rahulkkhh - Right! And who ended up looking like a fool in the end? Certainly not Ravinder Jadeja. Does he even need to play Cricket any more?

  • Nicholas on July 7, 2012, 20:37 GMT

    That is a lot of oversees players! Seriously? Do teams need that many? Is there any room left for actual SL players then? What a shocker...

  • Rahul on July 7, 2012, 19:18 GMT

    I think ravindra jadeja was paid more in IPL than the the cost of one whole team in SLPL

  • Jay on July 7, 2012, 19:01 GMT

    Whether the SLPL will be a success or not, that's another story. BUT the BCCI should allow its players to participate in this league. Especially those players who are not even a part of the national team. Young Indian players will get valuable lessons by mingling with other international players and the local Sri Lankan guys. Why is the BCCI being so stupid and idiotic is beyond my mortal reasoning. Perhaps, those big heads at the BCCI think they are doing something sensible ? I cannot say. But it's time the BCCI stopped behaving like a corporation and more like a sports body. Enough is enough. I LOVE and SUPPORT Indian cricket, NOT BCCI cricket.

  • Cricinfouser on July 7, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    wishing good luck for SLPL.. have a lot of SL friends so probably will be watching a few SLPL matches..

    some of the comments below are belittling indian players or blaming BCCI for their non participation.. but what appears to me is that the kind of money being offered for international stars in SLPL is lower than what even domestic Indian players make in IPL.. so probably they think it is not worth their while.. anyway good luck to SLPL..

  • Dummy4 on July 7, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    BCCI, will never let Indian Players from participating in these tournaments. Completely stupidity, there are so many players not picked from the national side in the coming series, so they can easily send these cricketers to get exposure. But No

  • Dummy4 on July 7, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    why cant retired indian players like dravid,kumble,ganguly be allowed to play tournaments like this? what will bcci loose frm it

  • CRK on July 7, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    payments shouldn't be a problem as most the franchises in SLPL are owned by Indian companies.

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